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Luke Campbell EXCLUSIVE: Cool Hand picks top five pound-for-pound boxers in the world and says no heavyweight should be considered

On August 31, Luke Campbell will take on Vasyl Lomachenko at the O2 Arena with the WBC, WBA and WBO lightweight world titles at stake.

As two Olympic gold medallists, their pedigree cannot be disputed and in the case of the Ukranian, he is widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today.

Luke Campbell is the WBC mandatory challenger

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Luke Campbell is the WBC mandatory challenger

As part of a wide-ranging sit down with Campbell ahead of the biggest test of his career, we asked him who his top five pound-for-pound fighters are in the world today and he had some strong opinions.

“I mean, Lomachenko is definitely in the top three without a doubt,” Campbell started. “You know, he’s ranked number one. Terence Crawford would be in there. I’m going to put myself in there right now because after this fight, I will be in there by everyone else’s opinion.

“Canelo wouldn’t be in my top five. I mean, he’s a huge name and a massive draw and he’s beat some very good guys, but he’s been beat a couple of times. I thought Gennady Golovkin beat him in one of the fights. I thought Erislandy Lara also beat him, so he’s been beat a couple of times in my opinion.

“I guess you could put him in there just because he is a massive draw, he’s a big name,” Campbell finally conceded.

Both Canelo vs GGG fights have been contentious, with the first scored a draw and the second a narrow Canelo victory

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Both Canelo vs GGG fights have been contentious, with the first scored a draw and the second a narrow Canelo victory

It’s clear that the criteria for Campbell lies in pure boxing skills and technique that yields results. Therefore, he wouldn’t have any heavyweights at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.

“I wouldn’t put any heavyweight in the pound-for-pound rankings because, technically – because of the size and power they have – technically, I don’t think any of them are in there. They’re just bigger lumps aren’t they?

“Tyson Fury is very entertaining, he’s not one of the biggest punchers out the heavyweights but he is entertaining, he’s got the agility and has a very high skillset.

“I think Joshua has a good skillset and big punch power, but I wouldn’t put any heavyweight in the pound-for-pound rankings, not the top five anyway.”

Joshua needs to reclaim his place at the head of the heavyweight table

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Joshua needs to reclaim his place at the head of the heavyweight table

Finally, to complete his list, Campbell picked another Ukranian in Oleksander Usyk and then suggested it’s not about what titles you’ve got or if you’re unbeaten, it’s who you beat.

“I would probably put Oleksander Usyk in there as well, after he unified the cruiserweight division. But after those four names, five if we count Canelo, it’s really hard to say.

“Nowadays, it’s all about who you fight,” Campbell asserted. “It’s not about what titles you’ve got, you’ll be known for who you are fighting. How many world champions are out there right now and you actually know them? I would never want to be a world champion that nobody knows.”

Campbell has the chance to cement his legacy and make a statement heard around the world on August 31.

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